Aerospace Systems Design and Simulation

Why aerospace systems design & analysis?

Modern aerospace systems are becoming increasingly complex and interconnected, while still being expected to meet stringent performance, reliability, and safety requirements. Examples include commercial aircraft, UAVs, transportation systems, and supply chains. We rely on these systems for common everyday tasks, in addition to missions of national and global importance.

Designing such complex systems requires a holistic approach, starting from conceptual design through mission design, operations analysis, and sustainment. This process is supported by multi-disciplinary and collaborative research, implementing rigorous systems engineering principles and analytical methods.

What is going on in aerospace systems research at Illinois?

Aerospace systems research at Illinois focuses on designing and analyzing complex systems, using a combination of theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques. These methods come from many disciplines, such as aerodynamics, propulsion, optimization, controls, simulation, network theory, and data-driven modeling.

Research projects include modeling of hybrid-electric aircraft, mission analysis of novel aircraft technologies, UAVs, robotic swarms, airfoil design for offshore wind energy, multi-modal transportation system resilience, and analysis of supply chain interdependencies. Research sponsors include governmental agencies and various industry partners. Research is conducted by faculty members, numerous graduate students, undergraduate students, and visiting scholars.

Practical experience may also be gained by working with student groups on small satellite designs at the Laboratory for Advanced Space Systems at Illinois. Five CubeSats are awaiting launch as a result of the resources made available by LASSI and sponsors.

Who are the faculty members in the area?

Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Department Affiliate
Professor Emeritus
Teaching Assistant Professor

Courses in the Area

  • AE 419: Aircraft Flight Mechanics
  • AE 433: Aerospace Propulsion
  • AE 435: Electric Propulsion
  • AE 442: Aerospace Systems Design I
  • AE 443: Aerospace Systems Design II
  • AE 482: Introduction to Robotics
  • AE 483: UAV Navigation and Control
  • AE 498SDI: Spacecraft Design Integration
  • AE 498: Computational Methods for SE
  • AE 504: Optimal Aerospace Systems
  • AE 542: Aerospace Systems Engineering I
  • AE 543: Aerospace Systems Engineering II
  • IE 513: Optimal System Design

Get an advanced degree in aerospace engineering

The Department of Aerospace Engineering offers numerous options for advanced degrees,  including: 5-year Bachelor/Master of Science; Master of Science; Online Master of Science - Non-thesis; Master of Engineering in Aerospace Systems; Online MEng in Aerospace Systems; and Doctorate.

The deadline to apply for spring enrollment is December 1.

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